Wow, today is exactly 35 months (next month is three years) celebrating and commemorating my husband's kidney transplant.
Everyday of my life I am so thankful for my husband, for keeping up with his new kidney (not new anymore), well it's now a 35 months old kidney in… Continue
Added by Leta on March 27, 2017 at 3:29am —
Living kidney donations save many lives every year. It can be best described as the donation of a kidney from a healthy person, made of his or her own free will. Donating an organ gives you a sense of an accomplishment, as you were able to save another person’s life. You can read many blogs where the donors have shared their experiences before and after the kidney transplant. One thing that is common to all of the donors is… Continue
Added by psychonephrology on March 23, 2017 at 11:03am —
Hello my name is Toni and I am starting dialysis in about a month. I have chosen to do APD as my treatment for stage 4-5 CKD. I have been diabetic for over 15 years and just in the last two years starting having complications due to Kidney Failure. My mother is also on Hemo dialysis and has opted out of getting a transplant. I want to regain some quality of life prior to becoming sick and continue working, so PD was the better option for me. I will have my consultation for catheter placement… Continue
Added by tcstyle23 on March 20, 2017 at 3:51pm —
Can both co-exist?
Society’s rules and expectations of behavior by family caregivers can seem quite onerous. A caregiver is anticipated to be a selfless individual who keeps the needs of the patient above everyone else’s, including his or her own needs. He/she looks after physical, medical, emotional,…
Added by psychonephrology on March 17, 2017 at 11:01am —
We all feel burnout sometimes, and the helping professions like that of physicians and psychologists are also not immune to it. Having a perfect work-life balance seems like an illusion. In 1970, American psychologist Herbert Freudenberger coined the term “burnout” to describe the consequences of severe stress and high ideals experienced by people working in “helping” professions. Later he came up with a self-help book on the same subject matter “Burnout: The High Cost of High… Continue
Added by psychonephrology on February 23, 2017 at 11:03am —
Hi..I was wondering if anyone doing hemo at night?
I am just starting at home and I am still worry about alarms and problems.
Do they use a different machine for night dialysis?
I don't think I could sleep, I would be too worry.
Added by Denise on February 20, 2017 at 8:29am —
There are many books and articles that deal with people living with kidney disease. Our current review is a different genre of book, a memoir of a lady who had three kidney transplants. Angela Balcita, the recipient and the author of this book, shares her inspiring story.
Angela calls herself and her husband “the most sensational tragic comedians in the world,” finding humor in the most distressing circumstances she encounters in her life. Their mantra is not to take… Continue
Added by psychonephrology on February 2, 2017 at 11:11am —
How a sensitive health care professional can make a difference
We all have, probably more than once, visited hospitals and diagnostic centers, and I am sure, most of us experienced some level of anxiety. The most anxious moments can be while waiting for test results. This anxiety of the dreaded unknown is often significantly modified by how these results were communicated to us, better or worse.
Words can inspire. And words can destroy. Choose your words well.
- Robin… Continue
Added by psychonephrology on January 26, 2017 at 11:42am —
On June 22,2016 I had my transplant Things where going fairly well. Until I got infection in my kidney at the end of Oct I was put in the Hospital for 5 weeks at the Ottawa General.They tried to save the kidney and they where trying everything they can think of. On November 27 they had too take it out. I have been upset about this but I really cannot do anything about it. I am back on dialysis which sucks really bad. I just have to take it one day at a time. Any comment is good for me.… Continue
Added by dawncynthia on December 28, 2016 at 8:50am —
Whenever my health issues begin to overwhelm me, I sing the lyrics from the movie "Annie" ~ "The sun will come out tomorrow..." I have always been of the mindset that even behind the darkest clouds the sun is shining.
I am a believer in the validity of many sayings ~ "The darkest before the dawn"; "Nothing ventured ~ Nothing gained"; "What doesn't break us ~ Makes us stronger", and my personal favorite is:… Continue
Added by psychonephrology on December 20, 2016 at 1:49pm —
Greetings to all, Continue
Just a little up date here. I have now successfully made the transition from peritoneal dialysis to Hemo (after some weeks of illness with peritonitis.)
Bottom line is I am doing much better now, the peritonitis is long gone and to my amazement, I actually have been doing better on Hemo. By that I mean, I am experienced improved energy, I am gaining weight and have a much improved appetite. For 2 and 1/2 years I was probably one of the biggest fans on…
Added by John on December 16, 2016 at 9:30am —
As a nephrologist, I have witnessed numerous patient-clinician encounters and heard even more from patients during their clinic or dialysis visits. A recent conversation with one of my patients, who has a kidney disease, brought to light how she felt by the reactions and comments of her friends and relatives. Even with the best of intentions, we can sometimes say something that can genuinely hurt a patient. These remarks can come in any form and even from loved ones. This highlight the large… Continue
Added by psychonephrology on December 15, 2016 at 12:00pm —
Often, especially during times of stress, we feel a strong urge to feel calmer, de-clutter our minds and approach the world in a more mindful way. Mindfulness has become a popular and employed stress reduction tool and has become something of a buzzword in recent years.
What does mindfulness mean? Daniel J. Siegel, in his book, “The Mindful Brain: Reflection and Attunement in the Cultivation of Well-Being,” defines it this… Continue
Added by psychonephrology on December 1, 2016 at 11:00am —
Weight – 115lbs
Incisions – Looking a bit lighter now. You can barely see the small laparoscopic scar at all! If you didn’t know it was there, no one would ever notice it. The bigger incisions are still pretty noticeable but I do see an improvement from the photos we took at the 3 month mark.…
Added by Katie P on November 29, 2016 at 5:36pm —
The Importance of Resilience and Social Support
Dialysis initiation is often associated with emotional distress, involving both patients and their families. Many aspects of these dynamic changes can be appreciated by evaluating different quality of life (QOL) parameters. Repeating the same measurements over periods of time, in the same patients, can provide useful information on how impactful this period is. As well,… Continue
Added by psychonephrology on November 24, 2016 at 11:07am —
How you can get benefitted from Behavioral Activation
A Post by Erika Engel
Executive/Life Coach and Therapist
Of the 7.5 billion world, a staggering 350 million people suffer from depression, which by all counts is an alarming… Continue
Added by psychonephrology on November 16, 2016 at 12:57pm —
Psychonephrology Lecture Series | Toronto, Canada
Presented by Lewis Cohen, MD
Professor of Psychiatry, Tufts University | Director, Renal Palliative Care Initiative, Baystate Medical Center | Boston MA
Dr. Cohen has published and lectured extensively on palliative care topics in… Continue
Added by psychonephrology on October 22, 2016 at 3:00pm —
A poem by Linda L. Dowd R.N.
Reeling images of long ago
are cascading through my mind,
Picture-perfect in retrospect,
~ Memories intertwined.
I pay no heed to pains of past,
nor to regrets or sorrows,
For they'd impinge upon todays
and darken my tomorrows.
I fill my mind with pleasant thoughts, ~These memories bring me smiles. By adding joy to… Continue
Added by psychonephrology on October 21, 2016 at 3:09pm —
I was diagnosed with kidney disease 4 years ago and the Dr. does not know the cause of it. I was tested 13 months ago and was told it is at stage 2 with 68% function. Last year I had high potassium levels, low Iron with anemia, low blood pressure still 75/55 most days and nightly pain in both legs when I lie down for the past 6 months. My last Dr. told me to add extra salt to increase my blood pressure. the Dr. I see now at a clinic says not to do it because of the side effects. I have also… Continue
Added by Lin63 on October 7, 2016 at 7:34pm —
It's night. My Mom is in bed. My dog wants to go to sleep and is sighing loudly because I'm not going yet. The wind is howling with the first winter storm of the night. It's less than 0 and we may wake up to snow in the morning.
My usual resolve not to think about kidney problems is breaking down, and I'm thinking about what that means.
I think back to my very early 20's. A friend of mine had a mother on kidney dialysis. I didn't know what that meant or how sick she was,… Continue
Added by Flower on October 5, 2016 at 12:30am —